First week of school

Set aside time to check in daily with your student. Instead of “yes” or “no” questions, try:

  1. What do you like best about your new school?
  2. What is hard at your new school?
  3. What is it like to have fewer kids in your class?
  4. What was lunch like? Who did you sit by?
  5. What’s the name of someone you played with today?

Review the paperwork the teacher has sent home.

  • Students in kindergarten through second grade will likely have a folder with alphabet practice, sight words, and a chart to show their daily behavior in the classroom.
  • Students in grades three through eight may have an assignment book where they must write daily homework. It is important to be sure your student is keeping up with homework and projects.
  • High school students will likely receive a packet with the calendar for the year, assignments, teacher expectations, and additional materials you may need to purchase (binder, dividers, index cards, flash drive, etc.). This is often called a course syllabus. Review the syllabus with your student to make sure they understand how homework should be completed and turned in.

First month of school

Within the first or second month (September or October), your student’s teacher will ask for a conference. This is a short meeting to view grades, ask questions, and make sure that your child is receiving necessary supports.

The teacher will guide you through the conference. You will want to be sure to cover the following questions:

  1. What are my student’s areas of strength? Where does he/she need growth?
  2. Does my child feel comfortable participating in class discussions and activities?
  3. Is my student keeping up with their homework and projects?
  4. Would my student benefit from additional services (clubs, after-school activities, etc.)?
  5. What needs to be done at home to ensure my student is successful?

Throughout the school year

Check in with your student’s teacher monthly to be sure they are on track with grades and assignments.

View the school’s calendar each month to be sure your family takes advantage of community and social events (plays, concerts, grandparent’s day, etc.). These are valuable opportunities to make new friends, meet other families, and inspire your child to try new activities.

If you have any concerns throughout the year, reach out to your student’s teacher by email first. Email will enable you to have a record of when you reached out and will usually allow the teacher to respond more quickly. If the teacher is part of your concern, don’t hesitate to call or email the school principal.

Have questions about your eligibility?

First week of school

Set aside time to check in daily with your student. Instead of “yes” or “no” questions try:

  1. What do you like best about your new school?
  2. What is hard at your new school?
  3. What is it like to have fewer kids in your class?
  4. What was lunch like? Who did you sit by?
  5. What’s the name of someone you played with today?

Review the paperwork the teacher has sent home.

  • Students in kindergarten through second grade will likely have a folder with alphabet practice, sight words, and a chart to show their daily behavior in the classroom.
  • Students in grades three through eight may have an assignment book where they must write daily homework. It is important to be sure your child is keeping up with homework and projects.
  • High school students will likely receive a packet with the calendar for the year, assignments, teacher expectations, and additional materials you may need to purchase (binder, dividers, index cards, flash drive, etc.). This is often called a course syllabus. Review the syllabus with your student to make sure they understand how homework should be completed and turned in.

First month of school

Within the first or second month (September or October), your student’s teacher will ask for a conference. This is a short meeting to view grades, ask questions, and make sure that your student is receiving necessary supports.

The teacher will guide you through the conference. You will want to be sure to cover the following questions:

  1. What are my student’s areas of strength? Where does he/she need growth?
  2. Does my student feel comfortable participating in class discussions and activities?
  3. Is my student keeping up with their homework and projects?
  4. Would my student benefit from additional services (clubs, after-school activities, etc.)?
  5. What needs to be done at home to ensure my student is successful?

Throughout the school year

Check in with your student’s teacher monthly to be sure they are on track with grades and assignments.

View the school’s calendar each month to be sure your family takes advantage of community and social events (plays, concerts, grandparent’s day, etc.). These are valuable opportunities to make new friends, meet other families, and inspire your child to try new activities.

If you have any concerns throughout the year, reach out to your student’s teacher by email first. Email will enable you to have a record of when you reached out and will usually allow the teacher to respond more quickly. If the teacher is part of your concern, don’t hesitate to call or email the school principal.

Have questions about your eligibility?